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AA begins portable charging trial

It forms part of a £750,000 investment in training for electric and hybrid vehicles now underway by the assistance company, aimed at raising awareness of their high-voltage systems and maintain its roadside fix rate.

Donald MacSporran, the AA’s Head of Technical, said: ‘Our patrols have technical information on electric vehicles as soon as they come to market but, as their numbers increase, it’s important they have the hands-on knowledge to work safely on them.

‘Most of the common breakdowns are no different to a conventional vehicle but there are important differences, for example, how to jack them up if the battery is set in the underside or knowing that the motor is definitely off rather than just powered down, which could mean it starts up at any time.’

The AA has previously trialled electric scooters in London and has two electric patrol vans on its fleet. There are fast three-phase charging points at its headquarters in Basingstoke and operational centre in Oldbury, both of which could be made available to the public in the near future.

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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